Route for a Surrey walk around Gomshall village

Gomshall Village (Photo by Chris Howard)

Gomshall Village (Photo by Chris Howard) - Credit: Chris Howard

A short, easy family walk to discover some of the Tillingbourne Valley’s industrial past


- Start: Gomshall Railway Station car park

- Nearest railway stations: Gomshall with free car parking

- Post code for Sat Nav: GU5 9NX

- Grid ref: TQ089 478

- Length of walk: 2.5 miles (4kms) , allow 1.5 hours

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- Food and drink: The Lavender Goose café and gift shop, Gomshall Mill and The Compasses Inn are all children and dog friendly.

- While you are there: Visit Kingfisher Farm shop, in Abinger Hammer. It features many local food products and historic watercress beds.

The walk

1 From Gomshall Railway Station car park head back along the A25 towards the village. Pass Gomshall Mill on your left, cross at the pedestrian crossing near the Compass Inn and turn left along the pavement until you reach a petrol station on your right, opposite Queen Street.

2 Turn left into Queen Street, passing historic King John House (pictured) which is mainly Jacobean in date and built by the Bignold family, who owned the tannery from around 1620. Continue up this road to the top of the hill. Be careful of oncoming traffic here as there is no footpath.

3 At the road junction at the top of the hill, turn left onto High View and follow the road to the bottom of the slope. Tturn right under the railway bridge onto Tower Hill. Follow this road until it bends right. Straight ahead is a marked footpath to follow.

4 After 100 yards the path turns right, eventually coming out at the top of a hill. Continue along this path until you see two stout wooden posts marking a diagonal path across a field on your left.

5 Cross this field and continue on the path across the next field until the path starts to ascend. After about 250 yards you'll see a tarmac road on the right.

6 Turn left onto the gravel drive with a house on the left, onto a public footpath. As you walk down the hill the path will widen and eventually veer left around Southbrook Copse, then right at Southbrook House.

7 At the T-junction at the top of the hill (look right for a lovely view of the North Downs), turn left and stay on the bridle path. At the top of the field you meet another path, turn left to immediately meet another path on your right. Stay on the main path, passing a large house on your right.

8 At the bottom of the hill you meet Path 22, but ignore this and stay on the main track, which bends right and passes over tje River Tillingbourne to meet the A25 again.

9 Turn left under the railway bridge and cross the A25, returning back to Gomshall Station.


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